By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 23, 2012 at 10:22AM
For over 40 years, New Directors/New Films has introduced up-and-coming filmmakers to New York audiences each spring. This year, get to know a batch of this year's ND/NF filmmakers by attending a free panel discussion presented by Indiewire.
When: 7:30pm-8:30pm, Monday, March 26
Where: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, 144 W. 65th St.
Guests include: Jason Cortlandt and Julia Halperin ("Now, Forager"); Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi ("5 Broken Cameras"); Adam Leon ("Gimme the Loot"); Kleber Mendonca Filho ("Neighboring Sounds"); Terence Nance ("An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"); Joachim Trier ("Oslo, August 31st"); and Clarissa Knoll ("Street Vendor Cinema").
Go HERE to see Indiewire's 10 picks of the festival.
Below find bios for each participant (courtesy of ND/NF):
Jason Cortlandt & Julia Halperin
Jason Cortlund studied film and writing at the University of Oregon and earned a master¹s in screenwriting at the University of Texas. He was a 1998 postgraduate fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers. His films, made with collaborator Julia Halperin, have been shown at festivals, museums, and arts institutions around the world. Julia Halperin received her BA summa cum laude from Hunter College and her MFA from the University of Texas. Her directing credits include the short films Texas Pawn and SuperDoll, which received support from the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Emad Burnat is a Palestinian freelance cameraman and photographer with experience filming for Al Jazeera and Palestinian television. He has contributed to several documentaries, including Palestine Kids, Open Close, and Interrupted Streams. Guy Davidi is a documentary filmmaker and cinema teacher who has been directing, editing, and shooting films since the age of 16. His first feature film, Interrupted Streams, premiered in 2010 at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
Adam Leon was born and raised in New York City. He has directed several short films and music videos, and his most recent short,Killer, premiered at the New Directors/New Films festival in 2009 and went on to play at festivals around the world. Gimme the Loot is his first feature film.
Kleber Mendonça Filho
Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in Recife, in northeastern Brazil. Over the last decade, his short films The Little Cotton Girl (2003), Green Vinyl (2004), and others have won over 100 awards in Brazil and abroad. His first feature, the documentary Crítico (2008), focused on the troubled relationship between filmmakers and critics through a series of personal interviews recorded over eight years. Neighboring Sounds is his first fiction feature.
Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He comes from a family of actors, photographers, and musicians. Nance began drawing, acting, and writing music as a young child sitting in on his mother¹s play rehearsals and his uncles¹ studio sessions. He studied visual art at NYU, and his art-making practice includes mixed-media installations, music, and film. He currently resides in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Born in Copenhagen in 1974, Joachim Trier grew up in a filmmaking family and began shooting 8mm films at the age of five. He became a national skateboarding champion in Norway and made skateboarding videos. He made his feature debut in 2006 with Reprise, which screened at film festivals around the world and won numerous awards. Oslo, August 31st is his second feature film.
Born in São Paulo in 1977, Clarissa Knoll graduated from PUC – São Paulo with a degree in International Relations. In 2004 she founded the production company Saracura Filmes. She previously wrote and directed the documentary short Cine Camelô (2011) and produced the short Botero’s Apple (2008, directed by Marina Weis and Moira Toledo) and TV movie The Impassive Muse (2011, directed by Marcela Lordy).